3 Ways to Wear a Maxi Skirt this Summer
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Oh me oh my I do love the Anthro sale and this season is no exception. I snapped this skirt up the second I saw it online, it's selling out fast so if you want one you'll have to get your skates on. The reason I wanted it is simple... it's incredibly versatile.
Recently in conversation about style choices with mummy friends who read Bella & Bear there's been a common thread. A significant number believe (erroneously) that jeans are the only real wardrobe workhorse available to them. Consequently they have a truck load of skinny jeans to choose from and little else come summertime. Yes jeans are versatile (boyfriend jeans in particular) but they also encourage you to get stuck in a style rut which can be hard to pull yourself out of. If this is you then might I be so bold as to suggest you take a really good look at some of this seasons maxi skirts (I've added links to some of my favourites at the end of this post).
Maxi skirts come in every possible shade, print and material known to man. There are pleated maxis, cross-over maxis, buttoned maxis, pretty fish-tail maxis... there are even maxi skirts that have a concealed zip half way up the leg so the skirt can be transformed into a mini. Talk about versatility! You can wear your maxi skirt as a dress, which is particularly awesome if you're in the early stages of pregnancy but not quite ready to tell the world. Hey jeans. Jeans! Can you do all that jeans? - Jeans slink off sadly to sulk in the cupboard.
If you want to get the most out of a maxi skirt here are my top tips:
An elasticated waist, a little stretch in the waistband is essential in order to wear it as a dress.
If in doubt size up slightly so it doesn't pinch under your arms.
Pleats add movement and structure.
Prints don't show the dirt at the hem so much, making them more wearable.
Beware the short hemline on fish-tails, unflattering knobbly knees alert!
If necessary have your maxi skirt tailored so you don't trip over the hem, or buy a petite size.
Anthro have in fact, restocked the skirt I'm wearing, it's in a different print but it's the same skirt. See it here.
Look 1: Skirt: Anthropologie (on sale). Top: Cos. Shoes: Kurt Geiger. Watch: Bell & Ross. Sunglasses: Ray Ban. Bag: Mulberry. Jewelry: Necklace: Anthropologie (on sale), stacked rings (old), large amethyst jewel ring (antique, similar here), earrings (old).
Look 3: Skirt: Anthropologie (on sale). Shoes: ASOS (on sale). Jewelry & sunglasses as Look 2. Bag: from a tiny shop in Paris.
Alternative maxi skirts to covet: